Monday, September 8, 2008

Promiscuous Searchers

I'm reading an article a co-worker gave me that I'm having difficulty understanding. It is called "The information-seeking behaviour of the virtual scholar: from use to users" by David Nicholas. On the third page, it describes one of the traits of online searchers, and that is their promiscuity. I do a lot of online searching, so does that make me promiscuous?

Okay, so this word doesn't have to involve sex. also has definitions that include without discrimination, haphazard.

Even as a professional researcher, I also do a lot of searching that is haphazard, and I bounce in and out of sites. I'm wondering if this is avoidable on the Internet or within a scholarly database. Even when I am searching for articles, I may get into the abstract page or the article itself, and quickly realize it isn't relevant.

But is this really so different than print? If I am looking in books, I may pull ten books off the shelf, and realize only three are at all relevant.

Does any of this really matter... I guess that's the final question.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It matters not to me...